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565 Mountain Village Blvd Telluride, 81435 us 800-778-8581 website:
Big terrain and a soulful town make Telluride a hotbed for skiers.
By Rob Story

Reviewed by Rob Story

Nov 06, 2008

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Big charm. Big vertical.

Far from everywhere. Snow can be fickle.

Telluride sits in the San Juans, among the tallest peaks in Colorado. So it’s not surprising that the resort boasts “some of the most challenging lift-served skiing in America.” The flip side: The rugged setting deters interstates and airports, making Telluride notoriously hard to reach. (“Long trip from south Florida!” a reader gripes.) Though spectacular, Telluride’s acreage isn’t overwhelming; neither are its people movers. (“They might add character for locals, but they are cold and slow for the rest of us.”) But if you’re itching for big vert, come on down: 3,845 feet. Bump that up to 4,425 feet by hiking Palmyra Peak. Like Utah’s Wasatch, the San Juans face west and welcome dry snow. But sometimes those flakes act finicky, prompting a complaint of “lousy weather this year.” Yet despite what’s outside, Telluride swings like a smaller Aspen after dark—with a little more soul. —Rob Story

Après Spot » Oak, in the place of Fat Alley BBQ at the base of Lift 8, serves up sunny tables and its predecessors' signature cans of Schlitz.

Don’t Miss » The Telluride Room at the Wilkinson Public Library gives a unique—and free—glimpse into Telluride’s heritage, with artifacts and views of the Bear Creek drainage.

On-Hill Lunch » Alpino Vino, high on Gold Hill, has the finest wine list and antipasti. Getting a seat can be tough; go early—or late.

GO: Where to stay

  • Inn at Lost Creek

    Try cooking your own homemade gourmet meal in your kitchen's suite using the Inn's "cook-along menus."

  • Capella

    A newcomer to Telluride’s Mountain Village.

  • Lumiere

    Relax as soon as you get to your hotel room with a fire burning and a glass of wine waiting.

Apres: Your guide to eats & drinks

  • La Marmotte

    This Telluride restaurant is perfect for a special occasion.

  • Chop House Restaurant

    Located in the New Sheridan Hotel, the Chop House Restaurant specializes in dry aged USDA prime steaks and seafood flown in daily.

  • Floradora Saloon

    Locally owned, all ingredients are organic and grown in the region.

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Osprey is partnering with Telluride Ski Resort to offer "Come Play in Our Backyard" Travel Contest.mens style
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Osprey is partnering with Telluride Ski Resort to offer "Come Play in Our Backyard" Travel Contest. This is a chance to win a trip for two to come experience Southwest Colorado, just up the road from Osprey's headquarters. To be eligible to win, you'll need to correctly answer our trivia questions here:

Prize Package   
* 3 days lift tickets, 3 nights lodging in Telluride
* Airfare for two from any major U.S. city to Cortez, Colorado
* Shuttle to Telluride from Cortez
* 2 Kode 22 L ski packs, 2 Sojourn 28" / 80 L wheeled convertible packs, 2 Flap packs

Register by December 15, 2009

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